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Thomas Bell-Wright offers latest materials testing

Codes classify finishes according to flame spread and smoke generation

Tom Bell-Wright, founder and principal.
Tom Bell-Wright, founder and principal.

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Dubai-based testing facility Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants (TBWIC) is now offering the latest building-materials testing to comply with new codes.

It specialises in ‘reaction-to-fire’ testing according to ASTM E 84, as specified by the new Life Safety Code and the International Building Code. These codes classify building finishes according to flame spread and smoke generation.

“We have been providing curtain-wall testing for over 15 years, and expanded into resistance-to-fire testing nearly three years ago with the purchase of a testing furnace for fire-rated doors and walls,” said Tom Bell-Wright, founder and principal of the company.

“We are now proud to add complementary materials testing with the acquisition of Steiner Tunnel equipment,” said Bell-Wright.

“All building finishes have to meet an A, B or C classification according to the use and occupancy of the building,” explained Jean-Philippe Kayl, fire-testing manager. This includes floor coverings, wall finishes, ceiling tiles, wiring, upholstery and coatings.

“Our Steiner Tunnel is one of only about 17 in the world, and the only one in the region. Building owners, project managers and the Civil Defence no longer have to choose between accepting suppliers’ representations or sending the material abroad for testing.

“In addition, domestic manufacturers have a convenient local facility for developing their products to meet the new life safety standards,” said Kayl.

Test standards ASTM E84 and UL723 Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials will be added to TBWIC’s accreditation with UKAS under ISO 17025, the quality-management standard for laboratories, during their next surveillance visit in March 2012.

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